Book Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Popsugar 2019 Reading Challenge Prompt: A book by two female authors TW: Stalking Hendricks and Pekkanen are the power ...

Popsugar 2019 Reading Challenge Prompt: A book by two female authors

TW: Stalking

Hendricks and Pekkanen are the power duo of booklandia lately, so obviously I've been seeing An Anonymous Girl around everywhere. I didn't love The Wife Between Us as much as everyone else did, so I wasn't sure what to expect with Anonymous. But it was good!

The novel follows Jess, a struggling makeup artist living in the city and trying to do right by her family. When an opportunity arises for her to make some significantly extra cash by entering a research study, she jumps at the chance. After some preliminary questions, she's offered a chance to proceed further into the study for even more money. Only the study isn't what she expected - she gets in too deep, in too personal, and she's not quite sure anymore if entering the study was a good idea. 

Both books from the dynamic duo have asked readers to make no assumptions, and assumptions truly did no good with this book anyways. From reading the first page, I was fairly hooked, though reading as an ebook made the journey a little longer than I think it would have been as a physical book. The chapters were short and intriguing. The characters were well developed and very broken in their own ways. But for anyone who's been obsessing over You lately (either the show or the book), this is a perfect next read.

"We all carry the weight of secret regrets... And we are all forced to constantly make moral choices. Some of these decisions are small. Others are life-altering." Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, An Anonymous Girl

I really enjoy when a book offers many parallels within the story, and this book didn't disappoint. There are so many parallels with the characters and the snippets within this novel and it definitely made for a very intriguing story. It was always such a welcome surprise but would also make so much since. Not to mention, every single time I thought I knew what was happening or who to trust, the script would flip, and I'd be confused all over again. Seriously, I wasn't sure who to trust the entire novel, and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I definitely don't want to ever enter any research studies, or focus groups ever again.

I'd also say I was fairly pleased with the ending, for reasons I don't want to share here for fear of ruining the ending for anyone, but you can definitely reach out to me on Instagram if you've read it and want to discuss!

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆

*I received this book free in exchange for a review, however, as always, all opinions are 100% my own. 

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  1. I'm taking this one with me this weekend when I go on my solo reading/writing retreat. I'm excited about it!

    1. You're going to breeze through it. It's so suspenseful. I had a lot of other stuff going on when I was reading it, but going on a quiet retreat - you'll get so much read!